Japanese banks: squeezed

Loan demand is unlikely to pick up quickly as companies could fund growth with cash reserves

Japan flirts with return to deflation

Core inflation drop to 0.2% may undermine credibility of Abenomics

Japan’s war record still resonates across region

Threat of tension as 70th anniversary nears

Abe war speech plan risks raising tension

PM signals focus on Japan’s peaceful postwar development

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How addiction to debt came even to China

Huge increases in private sector credit preceded many financial crises

Shinzo Abe loses ally in TPP trade deal

Japan’s agricultural minister resigns over donations scandal

Humans pip robots, says Yaskawa chairman

Mechanical hands not developing as fast as computerised brains

Japan Display eyes boost from iPhone boom

Panel supplier looks to financing from Apple for planned $1.7bn plant

Japan wages: Manufacturing consent

As annual pay talks begin, Abe’s government needs salaries to rise to boost the economy

Japan’s Fanuc robots show new logic

Pressure from Daniel Loeb and a changing business climate is forcing secretive company to adapt

Unbalanced hopes for the world economy

It is futile to ignore the reality that we have an integrated global system

Japan emerges from recession, but slowly

Growth falls short of forecasts as domestic demand remains weak in disappointing rebound

Japan affirms aim to raise consumption tax

Public finances in ‘extremely severe’ condition, warns finance minister

Tokyo’s tiny rooms squeeze out Abenomics

Smaller living areas highlight consumer doubts over re-inflation

Abenomics architects tighten grip on BoJ

Supporter of monetary easing nominated to bank’s policy board

Japan must not retreat into isolation

Tokyo should keep plans for more active role after Isis killings

Isis killings prompt Japan rethink

Nation faced with ‘9/11 equivalent’ following murder of 2 Japanese hostages

Japan fury as Isis claims hostage killing

Incident reignites debate about country’s tradition of pacifism

Japan inflation slows further

Rise of 0.5% in core CPI suggests BoJ will miss fiscal goal of 1%

Jordan seeks proof hostage is alive

Isis deadline for prisoner swap passes